Thursday, November 27, 2008

North Wicklow launches this weekend

North Wicklow hockey club will open its doors for the first time this Sunday at their base in Charlesland Sports and Recreation Centre, Greystones and will be open for membership.

Initially aimed at junior players, the club has the full backing of the IHA and will host an open day at Charlesland from 10am to 12pm on Sunday to which all are welcome.

Speaking about the launch, club man Taragh Seaver said "it's a really exciting time for us, starting a new club aimed at the junior section and trying to involve more children in hockey at a young age.

"It is aimed at both girls and boys in the local area of North Wicklow. With many existing clubs already full and with long waiting lists, it's time Greystones and the surrounding towns had it's own club."

Stephen McGrath will be the head coach. He currently holds a level 2 coaching badge and has been coaching and playing hockey for over 24 years. Stephen is currently Irish U15 boys TID Manager/Assistant coach.

The assistant head coach Stephen O'Keefe is currently Irish A Goalkeeper, with five years coaching experience and an accredited Goalkeeper coach from the Mercian School of Hockey.

The IHA's Eastern RDO Lucas Piccioli was delighted with the launch of the new club, saying "It is so important to see locals taking part in an initiative such as starting up a new youth hockey club; the support from them is vital to our sport.

"This also demonstrates that there is a demand for hockey and also that there is a need for more structures so we can cater for everyone interested in playing our sport."

Anyone interested in joining the club should call Taragh Seaver on 087 8296766.


Anonymous said...

Great to see this. Having a good underage set up can keep a club alive even without a senior set up and allow it to get through bad patches and hopefully we'll see a new senior club out of this. What are the pitches like in Charlesland?

Anonymous said...

Hi the pitces are the inclosed tennis courts, three courts in one enclosed area,they are floodlight, there are also showers and changing rooms available.The plan is to eventually have a senior section, but at the moment getting more juniors involved is the aim...